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Mountaineer Athletic Club: West Virginia University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
 
125 Years of Mountaineer Football
The feedback that we have received in response to the #WVU125 campaign has been remarkable. From the countless pictures that have been submitted via social media by season ticket holders toting the 125-year football flag across the globe to the stories and videos that have been shared via the #WVU125 hashtag, Mountaineer fans are truly the best fans in the country. Unlike anything else in West Virginia, Mountaineer football brings the entire state and Mountaineer fans scattered across the world together on game day. Whether you are at Milan Puskar Stadium or watching on television at one of the countless watch parties that are held each week, it unifies all Mountaineers. It creates a great sense of pride and confidence amongst our fans to sing Country Roads together after a win in our traditional post-game celebration. Mountaineer Football is special. Please consider identifying that special connection that you have with Mountaineer football and commemorate it by making a unique gift towards the football program via the 125 Years of WVU Football Campaign.
Before the Mountaineer Athletic Club...
"It all began 125 years ago on a snowy Saturday afternoon in Morgantown when Washington & Jefferson introduced West Virginia University to the great game of football. And what an introduction we received, the Presidents defeating WVU by the depressing score of 72-0, which was no small feat considering touchdowns back then only accounted for four points! To add insult to injury, the schoolboys recruited to seek donations from the crowd of about 250 that showed up at the “baseball grounds” in South Morgantown that afternoon failed to come up with enough money to pay W&J for their travel expenses incurred during their day-long, horse-and-buggy trip down to Morgantown, meaning the 14 West Virginia players, the acting coach and the student manager were on the hook for the rest of the dough. To pay off their debt, Melville Davisson Post, later a nationally known fiction writer whose work was featured in such prominent national publications as The Saturday Evening Post, came up with the great idea of putting on a play, Richard III Revised, the proceeds from which were used to offset the losses.
 
Therefore, in an indirect way, William Shakespeare was among those responsible for bailing WVU football out of its first financial crisis ... so we’ve got that going for us."
   
 
 


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